…& I don’t mean on XBox360.
Dads: do your partners ever come to you with a need, & at the same time apologize for making that request?
We live in an age where we are encouraged to do things out of love, passion, excitement. “Pursue your dreams.” “You can be whatever you want.” “Don’t tell me what I’m supposed to do.”
While I approve of all of those as reasons FOR doing something, they also shouldn’t be excuses for NOT doing what is your duty.
I can’t stay home from work just because I “love my son(s) so much.” Similarly, I can’t ignore my wife OR EXACT EMOTIONAL REVENGE ON HER for waking me up at 4:30 in the morning.
Because we are a team.
Because she stayed home last evening while I went to a work function.
Because she provides 75% of their daily food out of her own body.
And here’s the kicker: when your partner hits you with a request at your most inconvenient time, SMILE while you do it.
She’s coming to you because she is exhausted.
He needs help because he’s at the end of his rope.
She waited until the last possible moment to interrupt your sleep, & did it feeling guilty for doing so.
Don’t just do the action, perform the task in a way that makes them proud of the team they chose. Make”Duty” your call sign, even if that call comes at 4:30 AM.